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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Third edition of the Canadian Internatio​nal Organ Competitio​n - October 7-19, 2014

Montreal, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 – The Canadian International Organ Competition presents its third edition from October 7 to 19, 2014 in Montreal. The competition is divided into three rounds and will include 15 competitors under 35 years of age from 8 different countries. Montreal audiences will have the opportunity to discover a new generation of the most talented organists from around the world.
Beginning on Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m., with a concert bringing together the celebrated singer Martha Wainwright and the 2011 CIOC winners/organists Jean-Willy Kunz and Christian Lane, the Canadian International Organ Competition will showcase the finest organs in Montreal with 40 activities and concerts offered at 11 different venues around the city.

Complete 2014 CIOC program
Competition rounds
The three competition rounds will take place in three different churches. All rounds are free and broadcast on a giant screen inside the churches, enabling audiences to see the young organists at work under the best conditions.
The competition begins with the first round at Immaculée-Conception Church (October 8 at 7 p.m., 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) with a repertoire composed entirely of works by Bach and Buxtehude. The winner of the Bach Prize of $5 000 will be chosen from this round. The second round will take place at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (October 13, 14, at 2 pm and 7 pm), and the final round will take place at Notre-Dame Basilica (October 17, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm),
The final round will be recorded by CBC Music/ ICI Musique and will be broadcast at a later date.
The 15 competitors, aged 23 to 33, who will participate in the 2014 Competition were selected among 42 applicants by a preliminary jury of renown. The competitors include David Baskeyfield (UK), Maria Budacova (Slovak Republic), Daria Burlak (Russia), YooMi Chang (South Korea), Andrew Dewar (UK), Christopher Howerter (USA), YeanJu Kim (South Korea), Johannes Lang (Germany), Brian Mathias (USA), Istvan Matyas (Hungary and Austria), Angela Metzger (Germany), Richard Pinel (UK), Brenda Portman (USA), Stephen Price (USA), and Jonathan Vromet (Canada). The CIOC originally included 16 competitors, but Nicholas Wearne (UK) was forced to cancel his participation in the competition.
The 2014 winner will be chosen by an international jury presided by John Grew (Canada), accompanied by Jacques Boucher (Canada), James David Christie (USA), Stefan Engels (Germany), Janette Fishell (USA), Marnie Giesbrecht (Canada), Olivier Latry (France), Pier Damiano Peretti (Italy and Austria), and Dame Gillian Weir (UK). Prizes total over $70,000, which is one of the largest award disbursements by an international organ competition. The winner will take home $25 000 and has the chance to record an album with ATMA Classique (launch expected in 2015).

Les grands rendez-vous de l’orgue
The CIOC will feature the king of instruments in three major concerts. The opening concert on Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. will offer a unique opportunity to transcend the boundaries between pop and classical by blending the voice of Martha Wainwright with the organ sounds of Jean-Willy Kunz and Christian Lane. The St. Andrew and St. Paul Choir will resonate on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m., accompanied by Jonathan Oldengarm on the organ, during the Great Organ, Great Choir! concert, to be opened by the 2011 Competition winner, Christian Lane. The Gala Concert will close the Competition in grand style on Sunday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de Montréal featuring the 2014 winners performing on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. OSM organist-in-residence Jean-Willy Kunz will also offer a demonstration of the organ.

Organ recitals by the jury
True to its tradition, the Canadian International Organ Competition will present several recitals by its international jury. This is an opportunity to hear the great organ virtuosos on some of the finest instruments in Montreal: Bach and Beyond with Janette Fishell (October 11, 5 p.m., St-Matthias Church), Livre d’orgue with Pier Damiano Peretti (October 12, 3 p.m., Grand Séminaire de Montréal), The Great Leipzig Tradition with Stefan Engels (October 12, 7:30 p.m., St. James United Church), Olivier Latry in Recital (October 15, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique), Hidden Gems of Early Music with James David Christie (October 18, 12 p.m., Immaculée-Conception Church).

Discover the organ: activities and lectures
The Competition is a meeting place for the organ. This year, the CIOC is organizing three free lectures: L’orgue de la Nouvelle-France with the musicologist Elisabeth Gallat-Morin (October 12, 10 a.m. in French, 11 a.m. in English); Orgelprobe with the organists William Porter and Federico Andreoni (October 17, 9:30 a.m. in French, 10:30 a.m. in English); An analytical approach to organ design, with the organbuilder Didier Grassin (October 19, 10 a.m. in French, 11:30 am in English). A master class with Dame Gillian Weir (October 16, 2 p.m. at St. Jean-Baptiste church) as well as an organ tour (October 11, 9 a.m.) including, among other things, a visit to the Juget-Sinclair organ-building workshop, are also planned.

The Canadian International Organ Competition is proud to collaborate this year with the Festival des Couleurs de l'orgue français in presenting concerts every Sunday in October at the Chapelle du Grand Séminaire de Montréal at 3 p.m. In collaboration with McGill University, the CIOC will pay tribute to Hellmuth Wolff, organbuilder, a year after his death (October 15, 7:30 p.m.) with organists and professors Hans-Ola Ericsson, William Porter and John Grew at Redpath Hall on one of Mr. Wolff’s organs. The CIOC will also present the first concert of the Arion Orchestre Baroque season (Cuckoo! October 17, 18, 19) and will participate in the complete cycle of Bach cantatas with a concert on October 26 at 2 p.m., presented in collaboration with the Fondation Arte Musica.

The Canadian International Organ Competition in brief

15 competitors from 8 different countries, 3 rounds from October 3 to 17, encompassing 40 concerts and activities including large-scale concerts and intimate recitals with jury members, as well as educational activities

The Canadian International Organ Competition is an organization devoted to the promotion of organ music in Quebec and Canada through discovery activities for the general public, concerts, and an annual festival in Montréal in October during which a competition, directed by the eminent Canadian organist John Grew, is held every third year.

Since 2008, the competition has honoured the most talented young artists from around the world, who are judged by an international jury and awarded numerous prizes. Winners from previous years include Frédéric Champion (France, 2008) and Christian Lane (USA, 2011).
The complete schedule can be found at

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